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The Emergence of Hakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks scoring a TD on the Eagles (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The past two seasons Giants have been throwing the ball more. In 2010-11 quarterback Eli Manning posted career highs in completions, attempts, completion %, touchdowns and interceptions. Manning has increased his attempts by 30 each oh the last 2 seasons. The Giants were led by a talented young receiver core featuring Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks. Steve Smith was Eli’s favorite target, a reliable possession receiver. Manningham was the burner, a deep ball threat with some serious wheels. Nicks is largely the best of both worlds. He’s not a speed demon but he’s big and fast enough to be a decent long ball threat, big and physical enough to be good possession receiver, and well suited to be an elite go-to NFL receiver.

In 2010-11, Nicks was the Giants best receiver, leading the team in all three major receiving categories: yards (1,052), receptions (79), and touchdowns (11). League-wide he finished tied for fourth in touchdowns while only playing in 13 games, and the more telling stat, he finished fifth in yards per game. Without question Nicks had a terrific year last year for the Giants, he firmly established himself as the Giants #1 receiver for the future.

With the departure of Steve Smith to the Eagles, the Giants will rely heavily on Nicks to fill his void. At just 22, Nicks is poised for a huge 2011-12 season and a long productive career. Though he may not be considered an elite receiver yet, he certainly has the potential to become one. If he can stay healthy, in 2-3 years, you may be looking at the greatest receiver in Giants history. Let’s just hope he doesn’t shoot himself in the leg.

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